ⓘ Giovanni Di Cristina

                                     

ⓘ Giovanni Di Cristina

In 1902 he graduated in medicine and surgery. Since he was a student he devoted himself to the study of general pathology deepening into the field of bacteriology. After graduation he made study trips abroad and lived in qualified research centers of German universities, including Munich, Berlin and Wurzburg for training periods and to improve his knowledge. In 1909 he returned to his hometown where, under the leadership of Professor Rocco Jemma, chose to address the specialized area of pediatrics. In 1913, when Professor Jemma moved to the clinic in Naples, Di Cristina took over the chair of the pediatric clinic in Palermo During those years, his interest was immediately drawn to the very heart of the problem of leishmaniasis children that led him to discover both a cure which was made up of salts of antimony and a method used worldwide which, since then, allowed to win this otherwise deadly infectious disease. His scientific production is extensive in many areas of research. He studied several types of hemopathy and gave contributions to the knowledge of pseudo-leukemia, of lymphogranulomatosis and of chloroma. He was involved in the production disorders and in the nitrogen replacement in some diseases of childhood. Beyond the clinical and scientific aspects Di Cristina strictly linked his name to many initiatives on infancy. Due to his commitments the Istituto dell’aiuto materno and the Casa del sole "Ignazio and Manfredi Lanza di Trabia" were founded. He prematurely died at the age of 52 in Palermo.